Vaccination bungle: Thousands of patients may have been given defective injections by Sydney clinic

Thousands of patients of a Sydney GP clinic may need to be re-vaccinated after it was discovered some shots were incorrectly stored or out of date.

NSW Health on Wednesday warned vaccines administered by doctors Darrel and Brinda Weinman at their Burwood practice since 2010 may not have been effective. More than 3,000 patients have been notified so far.

“We are writing to patients of that practice to ask them to get advice from a new GP on the need for re-vaccination,” Sydney Local Health District’s clinical director of public health, Dr Leena Gupta, said.

“While NSW Health does not have responsibility for GPs, we are assisting co-regulators the Medical Council of NSW and the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in investigating and responding to these incidents.”

The GPs administered the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, flu vaccines and a range of vaccines on the National Immunisation Program at the practice.

Brinda Weinman retired in May, while Darrel Weinman died in October.

Gupta said that, due to incomplete record keeping at the practice, “it had been “difficult to identify which patients have been vaccinated and to obtain contact details for all patients”.

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